New York’s first transatlantic air train, scheduled to start from London’s Gatwick airport this week, is being scaled back to just a few hundred passengers and a single cab.
Transport for London has been forced to cut the price of a new, larger and more comfortable transatlantic flight to just £1,800 ($1,880).
The train will also be able to seat a total of 1,500 people, including a cab, at its peak.
It’s the first time in the British capital’s history that a train has been able to operate as a passenger service.
Transportation for London CEO Mark Trew, who has been with the company for almost four decades, told the Associated Press that the changes were made in part to save money.
He said that when the train’s first run of passengers in 2016 was delayed due to weather conditions, the company had to reduce its cost structure by half.
He called it a “huge leap forward.”
The new train is scheduled to travel between London and Birmingham, England, in just two weeks.
The first transcontinental air train between London, where the train was built, and Birmingham was delayed because of weather conditions in the UK.
The change in the price is the latest move to save the company money in the face of rising costs.
Last year, the London Underground cut fares to the lowest level for a decade and said it will continue to reduce fares for the next four years.
In the UK, Transdev, the operator of the train service, has also been forced into the red by a record 7.7 million passengers.
The company is currently negotiating a deal with the government to bring its rail service back online.